Another of Listowel's big houses is Mount Rivers which now operates as a B.&B. This is what I found on the internet about it.
MOUNT RIVERS, FINUGE, LISTOWEL
The hill above the river (Eng.)
A. Associated families: MCELLIGOTT
B. Location: Ballygrenane Townland (Townland of the summerhouse), (1895),
enter from a short side road from the Listowel-Abbeyfeale Rd, the
two-story Victorian house of 5 bays still stands as part of a large
angled complex, above the Listowel Bridge. A large garden, lawns and some
mature trees are kept there.
C. Features: Mount Rivers is a pretty residence with a fretted barge
board on the front gable and a Victorian glass porch with brass fittings
and marble fireplaces. The gardens and lawn are spacious, while the
avenue with big, old trees curves uphill from the gates.
D. History: Gerald McElligott built Mount Rivers in 1869 and the family
has lived here ever since.
Garvey's are getting a head start with this Valentine's display. I'll bring you a few more Valentine related displays in the next week.
Isn't this a lovely photo? It shows Noel Roche and Jack Mahoney pictured in Convent St. some years ago.
This is how she looked in 1988. Today she is better known for bog snorkeling and wife carrying.
More on the story of peat
Between 1948 and 1953 Bord na Mona introduced de Smitske semi-automatic machines with a view to improving peat quality. These machines macerated the peat, thus supplementing the supply of handwon fuel peat. The peat was cut by hand and thrown onto the conveyor, the machine mixed the peat and pushed it out on another conveyor.
The sods were lifted by hand from the spreader so there was still a lot of manual work needed. It was also an attempt to provide much needed employment. At peak in 1949 this scheme produced over 100,000 tons and employed 3,000 workers on 61 bogs in Roscommon, Galway, Kerry, Clare, Mayo, Sligo, Westmeath, Donegal, Offaly, Kildare, Tipperary, Limerick, Meath and Cavan. Under this scheme over 400,000 tons of improved quality fuel peat were produced.
These 3 very interesting photos and the text are from one of my favourite Facebook pages